Winter may be fast approaching, but it’s never too early to start dreaming about all of the wonderful things your lawn could be when spring rolls around again. Despite that, it can be tough to upgrade your backyard if you’re working with a tight budget. If you’re unsure how to spruce up your lawn on a budget, here are a few tips to help you do just that.
Invest in Perennials
If you, like 67% of homeowners, are looking to complete a landscaping project come springtime, then perennials should be on your shopping list. In most cases, you can find perennials at a good price that can help beautify your whole lawn. Whether you place them around your patio or have a dedicated garden, these are the perfect one-time investments to help you beautify your backyard. Perennials are ideal for homeowners on a budget because they only need to be planted once! After that, they’ll keep blooming every year as long as you take good care of them. Not sure what perennials would look good in your yard? Here are a few options to consider:
- Butterfly Bushes
- Coral Bells
And these are just a few of the many varieties of perennials to consider for your yard. If you’re looking for a low-maintenance and low-cost addition to your landscaping, these plants should definitely be on your shopping list!
Install a Simple Patio
When it comes to backyard relaxation, a patio is exactly what you need. That being said, you don’t have to break the bank to install a nice patio for your family and friends to enjoy during the spring and summer months. In fact, all you need is a little bit of concrete! Not only is concrete one of the most cost-effective materials to consider using for your patio, but it’s also one of the sturdiest. In fact, the average strength of concrete is about 3,000 pounds per square inch (PSI). So with a little help from a concrete contractor and a nice space carved out in your backyard, installing the perfect patio shouldn’t take too long or cost you too much at all. And when in doubt, start small. The nice thing about concrete patios is that you can always expand them in the future without worrying about spending a fortune. While you’re at it, it might be worth using the extra concrete to create a stone path through your yard or in your dedicated garden area.
Refinish Instead of Replacing
One of the best things you can do to save money while sprucing up your backyard is to use items you already have. Take patio furniture, for example. Though created with the purpose of withstanding the elements, most patio furniture can take quite the beating over the years. While it might be tempting to simply replace these items with new furniture, it’s much more economical (and eco-friendly!) to refinish them. Start with a good sanding to remove any peeling paint, rust spots, or other imperfections that might affect the quality of your refinishing work. Once that’s all done, give everything a fresh coat of paint! Make sure the paint you choose is weather-resistant and that you have a good sealant on hand, too. Taking these steps can help ensure that your refinished furniture lasts for a long time to come. After everything is dry, invest in some new cushions or cushion covers for your patio furniture to complete the look. You might forget that you’re looking at your old patio chairs once you’re done!
The key to sprucing up your backyard on a budget is having a good plan. Whether you need two-dimensional construction blueprints or just a few cans of spray paint, working out the details before spring rolls around is going to help you plan effectively within your budgetary restrictions.